Lethbridge Hurricanes (9-22-3-2) vs. Calgary Hitmen (20-14-1-2)
After surrendering eight goals on Sunday to the Medicine Hat Tigers, the Lethbridge Hurricanes gave up nine on Tuesday to the Calgary Hitmen falling a 9-2 decision at Scotiabank Saddledome for the second time this season.
Three goals in the first period and four in the second help pace the Hitmen to the lopsided win. Pavel Karnaukhov and Connor Rankin combined for nine points on the night. Karnaukhov with three goals and one assist, while Rankin picked up two goals and three helpers.
Jordy Stallard opened the scoring at the 6:05 mark of the first period as Terrell Draude and Taylor Sanheim picked up the assists as the Hitmen took a 1-0 lead. Karnaukhov scored his first of three in the game on a beautiful passing play while on a power play. Calgary made it 3-0 with another power play goal as Rankin snapped one home from the high right circle. The Hurricanes would cut into the lead with 3:33 left in the period as Tyler Wong tipped home a Taylor Cooper shot to make it 3-1 after one period.
But a four goal second period was the difference. Rankin scored his second of the night 3:06 into the period making it 4-1. Lang at 9:04, Karnaukhov’s second at 15:16 and Terrell Draude at 15:32 made it a 7-1 score. Jaeger White added a power play goal to make it 7-2 after two periods. The goal for White extending his point scoring streak to five consecutive games.
In the third, Adam Tambellini would make it 8-2 as he finished off a nice pass from Rankin at the 13:24 mark. Before the game was over, with just 15 seconds left, Karnaukhov completed the hat trick making it a 9-2 final – the identical score as the result on September 29th in Calgary.
The Hurricanes were out shot 43-24 in the game. The ‘Canes went 1/6 on the power play while surrendering a shorthanded goal. The Hitmen went 3/5 on the man advantage – the Hurricanes had only surrendered seven power play goals against in their previos 18 road games.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Hitmen – #26 Connor Rankin – (2 goals, 3 assists)
2) Hitmen – #9 Pavel Karnaukhov – (3 goals, 1 assist)
3) Hitmen – #10 Chase Lang – (1 goal)
The Hurricanes are next in action on Friday night when they travel to Edmonton to take on the Oil Kings to kick off the new year.